Blog Credo

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Help Us Chris Wallace, You're Our Only Hope

Improbably named Reince Priebus went on what he presumed was the friendly confines of Fox News and got into an argument with Chris Wallace about the absurdity of arguing about crowd sizes and the obvious falsehoods that spewed forth from the White House.

All Wallace did was what anyone with a basic understanding of journalism would do: ask questions and insist on facts.  The key is that this happened on Faux News.  The amount of disinformation, outright lies and wishful thinking that the trumpenproletariat has displayed over the past year is frightening.  They believe this marmalade colored charlatan will save them from some imagined dystopian present.  He won't.  He's never cared about anyone in his life except himself.  He will wed the rhetoric of populism with the legislation of Republican plutocrats.

But if...IF... organs like Fox News and the Wall Street Journal can somehow push back on the most egregious of Trump's lies and cons, then perhaps, just perhaps, those who expect Trump to be something he most clearly is not will wake up just enough to realize that all these years, they've been yelling at the wrong people.

It's not the blacks or Hispanics or women or gays who have been making their lives harder than they have a right to be.  It's exactly people like Donald J. Trump.

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